PhotoDirector 8 Ultra Review

Editor's Note: PhotoDirector 9 Ultra is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version when we next update the photo manager software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about PhotoDirector 8 Ultra.

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Our Verdict

CyberLink has many advanced organizing and editing features. This is a program that both advanced and novice beginners would feel comfortable using.

For

  • PhotoDirector has face recognition software to help you organize your photos faster.

Against

  • You cannot organize your photos by calendar date.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: When you import photos, you can batch edit their tags, copyright information and image filter presets.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: When you import photos, you can batch edit their tags, copyright information and image filter presets.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can organize your photos by ratings, recently added, albums, tags and people.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can organize your photos by ratings, recently added, albums, tags and people.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: With 42 preset filters, you can adjust the colors in your photos.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: With 42 preset filters, you can adjust the colors in your photos.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can create slideshow videos and download them as MPEG or WMV video files.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can create slideshow videos and download them as MPEG or WMV video files.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: If you want to manually apply a color filter to an image, you can leave certain parts of the photo in their original colors and change others to black and white or sepia.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: If you want to manually apply a color filter to an image, you can leave certain parts of the photo in their original colors and change others to black and white or sepia.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can add text to your photos and apply text effects to your captions.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can add text to your photos and apply text effects to your captions.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The Print tab has preset templates you can customize to fit your photos.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The Print tab has preset templates you can customize to fit your photos.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The software automatically detects faces in each of your photos so you can quickly tag the people in your images and even organize your photos by people.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The software automatically detects faces in each of your photos so you can quickly tag the people in your images and even organize your photos by people.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can back up your photos quickly, and you can set up automatic reminders so you back up your photos on a regular basis.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can back up your photos quickly, and you can set up automatic reminders so you back up your photos on a regular basis.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The Layers tab allows you to adjust the opacity of each layer, among other things.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The Layers tab allows you to adjust the opacity of each layer, among other things.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: When you export your images, you can apply edits like resizing and renaming.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: When you export your images, you can apply edits like resizing and renaming.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: Using the blur tool, you can draw attention to the subject of the image by blurring the background.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: Using the blur tool, you can draw attention to the subject of the image by blurring the background.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can adjust the noise and grain in an image by either adding or removing them from your photos.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can adjust the noise and grain in an image by either adding or removing them from your photos.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: Each photo's metadata is accessed on the left side of the image.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: Each photo's metadata is accessed on the left side of the image.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: Using the content-aware removal tool, you can delete unwanted objects from your picture and the application fills in the area you cut.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: Using the content-aware removal tool, you can delete unwanted objects from your picture and the application fills in the area you cut.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can access the help guide from inside the software and use it to quickly learn how to perform difficult editing tasks.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can access the help guide from inside the software and use it to quickly learn how to perform difficult editing tasks.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: With Face Swap, you can cut the face from one photo and add it to another.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: With Face Swap, you can cut the face from one photo and add it to another.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The Adjustment tab has several standard tools you can use, as well as organizing and sharing features.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: The Adjustment tab has several standard tools you can use, as well as organizing and sharing features.
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PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can share your photos directly to sites like Facebook and Flickr.

PhotoDirector 8 Ultra image: You can share your photos directly to sites like Facebook and Flickr.

Editor's Note: PhotoDirector 9 Ultra is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version when we next update the photo manager software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about PhotoDirector 8 Ultra.

CyberLink's PhotoDirector is a relatively advanced photo organizer. Not only can you organize and tag your photos, but you also have access to advanced photo editing tools with this software. While it has more options than many other photo organizers in this review, it wasn't quite as easy to use as the top three programs.

PhotoDirector only supports four popular image file types: RAW, JPG, TIFF and PNG. It does not support GIF, PSD or PDF files. This lack of popular file support limits your ability to work on and create specific projects. However, PhotoDirector does support several video file types, and you can capture and enhance still images from your videos. You can also import photos from digital cameras and scanners.

PhotoDirector comes with many basic and advanced editing tools such as red eye removal, color adjustment, the ability to work with layers and the ability to create HDR images. You can back up your photos and even set up an automated backup reminder monthly, weekly, daily or each time the product is closed. Unfortunately, this program does not allow you to find and delete duplicate photos, so you will have to manually go through your files and find them yourself. You also cannot organize your photos by the calendar date they were taken, which limits your organizing abilities.

You can easily create slideshows and videos within this program with the possibility of adding music and fade effects. These slideshows can be shared to YouTube directly from within PhotoDirector. You can also share your photos directly to Facebook and Flickr as well as emailing a photo from within the program. This software helps you store your photos online by letting you upload your photos to the CyberLink Cloud for free. You can import photos from a camera, the CyberLink Cloud or from your computer. Unique to PhotoDirector is the ability to post directly to DirectorZone, a social sharing site for users of CyberLink's Director software series.

CyberLink has many video tutorials on its YouTube channel, so if you are stuck you can watch a video for tips and lessons. When signed in to your CyberLink account online, you also have access to a user forum. CyberLink's knowledgebase is complete with a FAQs page and customer service representatives reachable by phone and email. This program is compatible with Windows 10, 8 and 7. Unlike most programs in this lineup, PhotoDirector can also work on Mac OS X and 10.8.

PhotoDirector 8 is much more than just a photo organizer. It has several advanced editing tools and features as well as unique sharing abilities. While not as easy to use as the top three photo organizers in this review, it is still a great photo organizing option due to its ability to organize photos by category, rating and keyword.

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